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    Brad Koehn


    Good article, as always (and this coming from a guy looking to buy a plane that's over 1000 miles away).

    One critique: you claim that since the experimental fleet is about ten percent of the overall GA fleet, that therefore buyers of experimental aircraft were 2 1/2 times more likely to be in a fatal accident. The data doesn't support that conclusion (it doesn't refute it either).

    You don't know what percentage of the aircraft /sold/ during the time in question were proportional to the number of aircraft /owned/. It's entirely possible that experimentals comprised a disproportionate number of sales, due to the fact that many builders of experimentals prefer building to flying, and sell their aircraft shortly after they're completed. A minor point perhaps, but an important one, especially to somebody looking at buying an experimental aircraft.

    As I said, I found the article to be insightful and very educational, but we need to be careful when we try to derive statistics. I'll definitely have a CFI on board when I bring back my (certificated) plane, as I don't like the risk profile of me trying to bring it back by myself. Your article certainly reinforced that idea in stark terms.

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